Jul 29, 2014

900 join Tohoku reconstruction gratitude relay

About 900 people are running or riding bicycles in a 1,000-km relay to show their support for reconstruction in the Tohoku region that was hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake and its monster tsunami in 2011. On Thursday, all of the participants, ...

Largest LED veggie factory built in quake-hit city

Jul 3, 2014

Largest LED veggie factory built in quake-hit city

The world’s largest vegetable factory to make use of light-emitting diodes has been built in one of the cities damaged by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, the factory’s operator said. Mirai Co., a Tokyo-based company that runs vegetable growing factories, said ...

One-man newspaper wins plaudits

May 28, 2014

One-man newspaper wins plaudits

by Miwa Suzuki

Toshio Hiratsuka is the backbone of his local newspaper — the star reporter whose trusty notebook and pen have borne witness to nearly every significant event in his corner of the country for 65 years. Hiratsuka is the man without whom the paper would ...

Disaster-hit town gets Kuma plan

May 27, 2014

Disaster-hit town gets Kuma plan

World-renowned architect Kengo Kuma has released his plan to revive the once prosperous Shizugawa district in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, which was ravaged by the March 2011 tsunami. The town-sponsored project is aimed at reviving Shizugawa’s old town as an area where residents can gather. ...

May 19, 2014

Miyagi teachers release 'to-do' list for tsunami preparation

The Miyagi Prefecture teachers’ union is urging other professionals to draw on lessons learned in the 2011 tsunami zone before disaster strikes again. The union has sent about 15,000 copies of a to-do list to teachers’ unions and other organizations across the country, encouraging ...

Apr 1, 2014

Hague court ruling looks to sideline whalers

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi indicated his desire Tuesday to find ways for Japan to continue whaling despite the International Court of Justice’s order to discontinue the activity. While expressing regret over the ICJ’s ruling Monday that the country must stop its ...

Mar 10, 2014

Big retailers doing their best to overcome consumers' fears

The retail industry has been aiding the recovery effort for primary industries in coastal Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, holding special events and campaigns to promote their products. However, food safety assurances from local farmers and fishermen haven’t always been strong enough to allay ...

Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

Mar 8, 2014

Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

by Jun Hongo

One of the great statistical mysteries that persist several years after a natural disaster is the figure that appears without fail each month in columns representing the number of people that are still missing. Almost three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and ...